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David Warner wins the Philips Sports Dad of the Year award

He’s long been one of Australia’s favourite cricketers, and now David Warner can add Australia’s favourite sports dad to his incredible list of achievements. Australia’s stand-in one day captain has beaten a crack field of high profile athletes to be crowned the 2016 Philips Sports Dad of the Year. It’s an achievement that made him as proud as any Ashes Test or World Cup victory. “I am very proud and I am greatly humbled and honoured to win this award,” David said. “I would like to thank all the people who voted for me and supported the other dads.”

David paid tribute to this year’s nominations which included Socceroo legend Tim Cahill, AFL greats Brent Harvey, Matthew Pavlich and Swans star Jarrad McVeigh, NRL stars Corey Parker and James Maloney, hockey superstar Jamie Dwyer, V8 champ Garth Tander and cycling star Simon Gerrans.

Despite being on tour in Sri Lanka, Warner says he doesn’t think he is any more special a dad than millions of others around the country. “Juggling fatherhood and work is tough for anybody not just myself,” he said. “Some dads leave their kids 9-5, some leave to fight for our country for long periods and may not return. “I leave for a few weeks or months at times and I am fortunate enough to have them travel with me at times.”

When David is home, he is devoted to little Ivy Mae, who is almost two and seven month old Indi. “My favourite thing would have to be picking my daughters up out of their cots in the morning and putting them to bed on the same day,” he said. “This is amongst other things during the day like painting my finger nails and seeing both girls giggle and laugh at dad’s expense. Seeing them smile during the day melts my heart. I love them a lot.”

David said his recent appointment as stand in skipper for a resting Steve Smith was among the highlights of his career, but being named Australia’s No.1 sports dad is something he will cherish. “Being named skipper is a massive honour for my family and I,” he said. “I never ever thought one day I would captain my country and I am still a bit shocked. It's real even though I’m standing in for my mate. I just love helping out.  

“But I will cherish every bit of this (sports dad) win. It will be a great story at barbecues for years to come. Hopefully I can pass some tips on to the children but I am sure they will be the best judge. Let's ask them in 20 years on how I am doing!” David has generously doubled the prize money from his win and will now donate $10,000 to Make-A-Wish Australia. “I have been on board now for more than a year and Make-A-Wish gives very sick children and teenagers hope for the future, strength to face the challenges of their illness, and joy from their incredible wish experience. “Each wish is approximately $10,000 for the entire process to make a wish come true. “I am greatly humbled and honoured to win this award and be able to help out my charity. Finally, I’d like to thank Philips, Channel 9 and News Limited for getting behind such a wonderful award. I wish all dads have a Happy Father's Day.”

2016 Winner

Click here to view a video of David Warner accepting the prize.

Media Channel - 'Channel 9 - Wide World of Sports' 

Major Prize
Helen Bradburh, WA

Minor Prize 
Kellie Morris, WA
Kim Turner, QLD

Media Channel - 'Sunday Telegraph'

Major Prize
Debby Corrigan, NSW

Minor Prize 
Belinda Barrett, NSW
Joseph Spagnolo, NSW

Media Channel - 'Sunday Mail' 

Major Prize

Paul Champness, QLD

Minor Prize
Merilyn Gardiner, QLD 
Annette Halliday, QLD

Media Channel 'Sunday Herald Sun' 

Major Prize

Jayde Glascott, VIC

Minor Prize
Lisa Piccone, VIC
Robert Thompson, NSW

Note: As per the terms and conditions winners will be notified within 21 days of judging commencing and prizes sent within 31 days.  

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